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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Agreed. Also, some very respectable companies didn't jump on the massive-watch-across-the-board-trend.
     
  2. bhall41

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    JV,

    While the trend has been towards larger watches over the last decade, I observe that:

    (a) There is bound to be a counter trend towards moderate sized watches, perhaps not returning to the days when 33 mm to 35 mm was the norm for men's watches, but certainly a trend away from 44 mm+ watches - purchase a 45 mm PO at your peril!

    (b) You need to appreciate where you are posting your watch photos and expressing your opinion. This is not GQ magazine. People here are not, by and large, interested in the latest trend, although they do admittedly follow their own trends. I assume, given your large number of posts in the comparatively short period of time you have been a member of SF, that you value people's opinions here, in which case the penny should have dropped by now that oversized watches are not loved.
     
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    hmm? how respectable do you want to get? just to name a few high end and highly respectable
    IWC? they released a 45mm portofino hand wound for 2011.5 and the standard portofino for 2011.5 jumped 4mm from 38mm to 42mm
    Ulysse Nardin i posted earlier was 43mm and thats their newer model... and "the freak" model (drool) is 45mm
    Omega dress watches - the new deville hour vision (new 8500 movement) is 41mm compared to the 37mm old devilles
     
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    :cheers:

    late night watch debates can be fun, did you know? i tried to use reason and logic to prove my points, even though some people treat this discussion quite vilely :confused:
     
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    hey, no hard feelings. we're all entitled to our opinions. I love a good debate, though!
     
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    Patek Philippe, Breguet, FP Journe...
     
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    Will one of our UK members please post a pic of Orde Wingate and his alarm clock so we can start a new trend :slayer:
     
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    Not late night for me, down under :)

    Look, you are entitled to your opinion - if you want to wear watches which virtually everyone here seems to agree are too large for you, go right ahead. At the end of the day. it's just a watch.
     
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    I'm pretty sure he wore a watch with an alarm (not common to the average man in the days before quartz / digital), not an actual alarm clock. Modern version:

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    Sò più de eà che de qua.
    
    That big? I thought they were no larger than 20mm, but high-stack for coke storage.
    Exactly.
    + Sohne, Dornbluth, Glashutte, Schauer, etc, etc, etc. The truth is that far fewer "respectable" watch makers go beyond 42mm than those who do. And I suspect that that those with some sizes over 42mm still maintain their smaller models, generally.
    Bummer. I was sort of hoping he was the stiff-upper lip uber-trendy Brit mil-man version (pre-dating) of Flavor Flav....
     
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    Those are more of what I would consider respectable brands.

    -LR
     
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    I'm pretty sure he actually wore an alarm clock not a watch he was a complete nut bag, used to wander around in the nude giving orders to his men.
     
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    looks great!
     
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    Looking good.
     
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    Nice watch.
     
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    Thanks God there is companies which still make 36 mm watches, such a Patek's Calatrava, Omega's DeVille, Rolex Datejust and so on. For sure everybody have a right to follow trends and wear monsters like U-boat (especially if you are Arnold or Stallone) but sometimes it looks just ridiculous.

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    This example is much better

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    Pics please (I can't find any). Also, I mention in passing, that Churchill was really odd too:

    http://www.bipolar-lives.com/winston-churchill-and-manic-depression.html
     
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    Blue Datejust for today

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    I think the precursors to the trend towards larger timepieces started earlier than the last 10 years. Patek introduced the 43mm Nautilus in 1974(?), and the original Gerald Genta AP Royal Oak was first produced in 1970, with the Royal Oak Jumbo appearing in 1977(?). The first appearance of the Royal Oak Offshore was at Basel in, I want to say, 1993(?). Also, and this is clearly a unique watch with a specific purpose, but the first IWC Big Pilot (52 TSC) appeared in 1940 and was 55mm (although the line of Pilot's watches that were introduced later were more reasonably sized). I'm not sure how big the original Portuguese was, but the first iteration came in 1993 as well.

    While horological history is littered with larger watches, I do agree that the vast proliferation of the gargantuan case only came recently. The largest automatic movement, IWC's Calibre 5000, was first introduced in 2000, which, incidentally, coincided with the Richemont takeover. The larger watches have their place, but I certainly agree that a manufacturer's overall collection should strike a size balance. It would be a shame if Patek, for example, decided to increase their watch size across the board.

    Just to qualify this, I'm not necessarily a massive watch nut. While I do own some larger pieces, I don't buy based on trends, but rather what appeals to me irrespective of what's popular. My shirt cuffs always cover my watches.

    To get back to the p0rn, here are some pics from current or past timepieces from my collection:
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  20. Kappelan

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    Very nice collection :slayer:
     
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